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8.8 cm L/56 Ammunition

AFV Club 1/35 8.8 cm L/56 Ammunition First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review June 2005 Manufacturer AFV Club
Subject 8.8 cm L/56 Ammunition Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35087 Primary Media 18 brass pieces, 3 aluminum casings
Pros Excellent renditions of German ammunition rounds; turned cases function like originals; variety of ammunition will be appreciated by Tiger fans Cons Cost prohibitive for anyone wanting to provide a full unit of fire for a model
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $13.98

First Look

One of the latest "upscale" accessories for armor kits has been the use of turned aluminum or brass ammunition for guns or tanks. AFV Club has been doing it for some time now, and these are their latest products.

The L/56 is for the Flak 18 and 36/37 or Tiger I kits. It comes with 9 brass casings and 3 aluminum casings and 9 different rounds – three each of HE- FRAG , APCBC, and HEAT.

The rounds are excellent and only lack the "one upsmanship" feature of DML kits – namely, the etched base with headstamp production data for each round included.

The only drawback is the cost of fully equipping a model with this sort of ammunition – a full up Tiger I would probably add some $142 to the cost of the model!

Overall, it's a nice set and sure to be popular.